Speakers included Andrew Scholfield and Elise Briggs from the Salvation Army, Robert Coombs State MP for Swansea and Tanya Plibersek Federal MP (Minister for Housing & Minister for the Status of Women).
The event was well-attended, though the only local government representatives or condidates to attend were myself and Councillor Keith Parsons.
The event was advertised as:
This forum will provide the general public with the opportunity to contribute to a Homelessness Plan for Newcastle.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the case.
After a very good outline of the local situation from Andrew Schofield and Elise Briggs, the audience was given a badgering, "we're doing lots" from the State MP and a heartfelt outline from the Federal MP, a few questions were taken before the event dissolved.
No opportunity for anyone to contribute to a Homelessness Plan for Newcastle.